Friday, July 9, 2010

A night out... on a budget

No matter how much you love to cook it is always nice to have a night off. Of course when you are on a budget a night off can sometimes be difficult. One of the tricks I use to make a night out affordable is Restaurant.com. You can purchase gift certificates in various denominations ($10, $25, $50 etc.) at a discounted price. Normally a $25 gift certificate sells for $10. Sign up for an account and you will receive regular email promotions. Gift Certificates are often on sale for up to 80% off. That means you can get a $25 gift certificate for two bucks!


Now the gift certificates often have very particular restrictions. For example one of our favorite restaurants requires a minimum $35 purchase to use their $25 gift certificate. Another restaurant we have used only allows you to use the gift certificate during the week for lunch. Most specify that 18% gratuity (for the full value of the check) will be added automatically. Even with these restrictions you are still saving a significant amount of money, especially if you choose a casual dinning restaurant.
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